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The Hurricane

The Hurricane

4.7 47
by R.J. Prescott

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Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has


Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac "the Hurricane" O'Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the misfire. He's never been knocked out before, but when he meets Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he's ever met, she doesn't want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.

They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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"Enjoyable and sweet, and just a touch of angst. Good writing, good story, sweet girl, and FREAKING AWESOME guy."—Maryse's Book Blog"

Cormac O'Connell had my heart at first punch in The Hurricane, and he completely owned it in The Aftermath. It was such a pleasure to watch this fiercely protective alpha transform as he took on the new roles of husband and professional boxer in this beautifully written follow-up novel."
L.B. Simmons, USA Today bestselling author

A refreshing addition to the fighter romance genre. A realistic and beautiful journey of two people beating the odds to achieve their happily ever after. I'm looking forward to much more from this author."
Harper Sloan, New York Times bestselling author

Boxing and romance easily go hand-in-hand. Prescott delivers a knockout with The Aftermath."
Heidi McLaughlin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author on The Aftermath

Sexy, exciting, and packed full of emotions. Prescott delivers another hard-hitting novel that'll leave you breathless for more. Cormac "the Hurricane" O'Connell can fight in my corner any day."
L.P. Dover, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

A gem of a debut novel by RJ Prescott that speaks of incredible storytelling to come. I can hardly wait."
J.L. Mac, USA Today bestselling author

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R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later she convinced her crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn't leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of R.J. Prescott's week. "The Hurricane" is her debut New Adult Novel.

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The Hurricane 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I have to say this book surprised me. I absolutely loved it. It was very well written and I loved the main and secondary characters. I never had any roll your eye moments which is rare for me in any book. The angst sometimes in books can be really silly. Not in this one. The background on both characters is heartbreaking and horrific. I can't wait for the next book. I think I just found a new fav author.
csingh More than 1 year ago
he Hurricane is R.J. Prescott's debut novel.  It certainly doesn't read like it.  The book was wonderful and painful to read at the same time.  Both were a result of what happened with the characters and in the story.  Of course you can't have ecstasy without agony and Emily and Cormac experienced both in their short lives.   I both adored Emily and empathized with her.  She's escaped from some horrific conditions and is now focused on making a new life for herself.  I completely understood her terror at standing out and having her past leak into her present.  What I did not understand and couldn't comprehend is how she managed to deal with the trauma of her past.  It almost seemed like she'd managed to wipe the worst of it from her mind.  I adored Cormac too.  He might have looked like a brute, but he really cared for Emily.  He saw that spark in her and he cultivated it.  Yes he did a terrible job at pretending to be her friend when he wanted more, but he let her do things in her own time and never once pushed her for more. I really HATED Emily and Cormac's parents.  Especially their mothers.  Both of them were responsible for not only their development but the evil and horrible things that happened to them.  Both of them were a special kind of deluded that I wish I could've reached into the boo and smacked some sense into them. I loved the family they created for themselves. Thankfully Danny, the gym owner, was a surrogate parent of sorts to the both of them.   Danny was a dear and I loved how everyone was terrified of him even though they could probably bench press him several times over.  The story reads fast.  I was quickly pulled into the story and couldn't stop reading until the last page.  I laughed as often as I was charmed by Cormac and the other guys at the gym.  There were also moments when reading made my chest physically ache.  That maybe because I knew what was going to happen and I wanted with all my being for it not to happen.  I sincerely hope R.J. Prescott continues this series.  It'd be lovely to see Kieran and Tommy fall for women of their own. Either way, be prepared for a book that will knock your socks off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Holy hotness batman, this book is ASTOUNDING. I have been in a book slump for weeks and came across this bad boy by chance and decided to go for it. Boy, I'm sure glad I did. I loved this story. Cormac was a dream. Where can I find myself one of those? And I actually adored the heroine as well. It was lovely seeing her blossom into this amazingly strong woman. She and the hero had fabulous chemistry and I loved how they were so open and honest with each other. Have I mentioned this hero is HOT? I also enjoyed the secondary characters so much that I hope they all get stories. Maybe Kieran & Marie, or Nikki & Ryan or even better Liam & Albie (that could be juicy). I will definitely be reading this again and highly recommend buying this now. Apprx. 280 pages.
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the cover of The Hurricane, by R.J. Prescott, my first thought was Holy Hot Cover! Hello!! Have you seen it?!?!?! I read the blurb next and I was intrigued. It was giving me a different vibe from the previous fighter stories that I have read in the past and I was anxious to start reading it. Oh.sweet.baby.Jesus. When I finished the first chapter of this book, I was crossing my fingers that this story would be memorable. And, it was!!! R.J. Prescott’s first novel was a phenomenal reading escape that will stay with me for a long time. From the moment I was introduced to the amazing characters of this story I knew that this book was going to leave me with a book hangover that would last for days! This story is passionate, romantic, heartbreaking, but most of all it’s a healing journey for two people who complete each other to perfection. Emily and O’Connell are simply addictive and irresistible! I promise you that you will love them as much as I did! The Hurricane follows sweet and shy Emily “Sunshine” McCarthy and bad boy fighter Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell. These two could not be any more different from each other. When Emily meets O’Connell for the first time she feel things that she should not feel. He’s a bad boy and he’s trouble. She knows that falling for him would break every one of her rules, but his persistence to become friends and to keep her safe leaves her speechless. O’Connell knew from the first moment that he saw Emily that she would be his. He’s in for the fight of his life to conquer her love, but Emily is keeping him away and only wants to be friends. She’s running from a past that has changed her life and he will do whatever it takes to take that fear away and make her feel safe and loved. I wish I could go back in time and read this book for the first time. I loved everything about this story. From the unforgettable characters to the beautiful breathtaking love story, R.J. Prescott wrote a passionate love story that was heart melting. She took the “sweet girl falls for the bad boy” storyline and made it her own. It was unique and memorable. Her writing style is captivating and will keep you turning the pages until the very end! Sunshine and O’Connell were such amazing characters to follow! I loved how they changed while the story developed. Their love made them stronger and it was beautiful to witness their friendship bloom into something more. Their chemistry was out of this world amazing!!! Each scene that they shared was putting a smile on my face. Emily’s sweet personality made me want to be her friend and O’Connell’s love for Emily made me swoon so many times! They both had a difficult childhood that has left them emotional scars. I won’t go into details about what happened to them because I feel that each reader needs to live every single moment of this amazing reading journey. I loved how Emily and O’Connell trusted each other with their life journey and how they healed those emotional scars with the power of their love. The Hurricane not only had phenomenal main characters, but equally addictive supporting characters. Danny, Kieran, Tommy, Liam, Nikki, Albie, Ryan and Max were great friends to Emily and O’Connell. They all had their place in this amazing journey and it simply would not have been the same without them! I give The Hurricane, by R.J. Prescott, 5 fantastic, heart melting, romantic, healing, memorable, captivating stars!
Anastacia 13 days ago
Lyrical Life Quote - Fate can be fickle but also a guiding light. The Hurricane is a book that will stay with you and refuse to depart. The event's along with the twists and turns of the novel test both the skill of R.J Prescott, which is easily surpassed and also the central characters. From the damaged and soul-renching events of the past to the trials and dangers of the present, there is barely a moment to take a breath. The character of Emily shows a courage of hope and belief that blend easily with her timid yet strong personality. Her experiences remain in the darkest depths of her mind and despite her effort to move forward, a very real fear resides. Her relationship with gym owner Danny is delicate but also reliable and gives her a solid foundation from which to work. Throughout the book Emily encounters friends which create a quiet beauty that brings fourth both struggles and happiness. The relationship between Emily and Cormac does show a connection of souls and the equal need the two share for one another is clear. His unwavering care and passion for her keep the pages turning without thought. Although Cormac is trapped within a repetitive cycle of which only he can change, he lacks the determination and motivation to do so. His choices are shallow and his life style hollow until Emily. Underneath his careless fascade is a deep loyalty of friendship that also hides his attachment and respect of gym owner danny, who allows some form of stability to enter Cormac's life as well as his friend's. A feeling of pure emotion seems to pour from both Emily and Cormac, but in very different ways which gives the dialogue a truth and perhaps a more powerful delivery. To smile with a warmth in your heart is to read this book. www.lyrical-lifeindiebookreviews.com/
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Hurricane is totally enthralling i looked forward to every page well written keeps you thoroughly engaged cant wait for the Aftermath!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I LOVE this book!!! Such a sweet and tender hero who would literally demolish anyone who tried to hurt the love of his life. I read this entire book in one day because I couldn't stand to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love this book. I have not read anything by Prescott before, but will be looking for other reads! This story has so much to it, I was laughing, crying, cheering and sad. I will be telling others to read this book.
SabineSCG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The first day I sat down with this book, I read 1/2 half the book. The rest of the book took me two days due to being interrupted. Can't wait for the second book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story!!!!!! Highly Recommend!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED Emily's & O'Connell's love fest!!! Two survivors fighting the good fight ... beauty through ashes!!!
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
The story is full of drama, sadness, overcoming the past and making a better life for yourself. The saddest part for me was her mother letting her stepfather do whatever he wanted to her and standing by him. They were so close before her father died and then he came along and her mother just fell apart. When most mothers would be protecting their child this mother more or less said yes beat my child and rapes her in front of me while I close the door and walk away. You can do whatever you want as long as you do not hit me just hit her. Cormac was just living day to day with no thought of tomorrow until he met Em than his life changed as he tried to better his self and make a life for her. I really loved this character he was a protector from the start he gave so much of his self. I really felt bad for him when something happened and he thought it was his fault. No one can be there 24/7. His mother was something else and I was glad to see he saw the true her. Em what can I say about her to have lived through all she had and still have faith in mankind is amazing. I think I would have had to kill the stepfather before I left town. I thought she was a wonderful character picking up her life and moving on getting an education and paying her way was outstanding. I thought the author did a great job her voice was strong and real for the characters. You could feel the emotions as the characters were dealing with the drama. I didn’t hear any background noise just a few places where the audio when from normal to a little louder. The characters emotions were all over the place and I felt she did them very well. I thought the tones were even with you knowing just what each was feeling at any giving minute. Her character voices were good you had no trouble knowing who was talking. Her male to female were nice, she has a very clear easy voice to listen to. I thought she did a good narration with a lovely voice. I thought this was a great plot but could have been made a little shorter. At times I thought not enough information had been given and at other times way too much. It wasn’t a audio I had trouble putting down and coming back to. I did want to know the ending and found it to be an interesting read. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with her stepfather but the author keep that for later building it up to a wonderful ending. I hope he got what he so richly deserved. It was really a nice second chance story that at times was very touching. I would have liked to have known after so long where the mother stood and how she was doing. I would have also liked to have known what happen 10 years down the road with the main characters. All in all it wasn’t a bad listen I give it a 3.5 starts with a 4.5 for the narration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was amazing & so emotional-I loved,loved it-awesome author. Thank you for a beautiful love story between two awesome people Con & Em.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so loved this book!!! Em and O'Connell's story is so amazing it just blew me away. I cannot wait to read about Kieran and the rest of the gang!!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Oh, my God! Loved this book! Cormac "Hurricane" O'Connell is a beautiful heartthrob. Where do I start will this sexy, delicious man? I think everywhere, because Cormac has everything I love about an MMA hero. Cormac is rough, hard, and dangerous. He's a keg full of dynamite ready to explode. If I could have a book MMA boyfriend come to life, it would be the Hurricane. Cormac is a hard guy MMA fighter, but when he meets Emily, his ice-hard self melts into a puddle of water. She brings this tough guy’s fighter heart to his knees. Cormac has never known the meaning of love or felt love, until Emily. When Cormac meets Emily, the fight of his life is on to win her heart. Emily is a beautiful steamroller of a girl, and she has claws that she's not afraid of using when it comes to O'Connell. Yeah, Emily is definitely the kind of a woman it will take to tame the storm in Hurricane. Emily McCarthy does not want to be noticed. She’s trying to live her life in the background. And there's a good reason she keeps her distance from people. But when Cormac "Hurricane" O'Connell notices her, he likes what he sees and he wants more. I love the way Cormac loves Emily. This hard man turns into the gentle giant around her. I also love the protectness Cormac has when it comes to Emily. Yes, Cormac won my heart right along with Emily. There are so many more wonderful characters in Hurricane and Em's story that also won my heart. All the MMA fighters at the gym are beautiful men. I highly recommend The Hurricane as an awesome, hot MMA Romance. I can't wait to read round two in Hurricane and Em's story, The Aftermath.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Emily McCarthy is a girl with a damaged soul, that is riddled with haunting memories from her abusive and broken childhood. No matter how hard she tries to bury them, they are always there, lurking in the back of her mind, and causing her to constantly look over her shoulder for fear that they have finally caught up to her again. She tries her best to keep her past at bay by submersing herself into her work and studies, but she knows at some point she is going to have to come up for some air, and attempt to create some normalcy in her life...but the idea of opening herself up to others scares her beyond belief. When one of her customers at the cafe offers her a part time job at his gym, keeping the books, she is hesitant about taking it, the idea of working around a bunch of guys has her wanting to say no and flee the other direction. But she needs the money, and she wants to help him out, so she gives in and takes the position, never expecting it to change the course of her life, and give her the one thing her life has been missing for so long...love! Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell submerses himself into his training, to no only keep his mind busy but also keep all of his demons at bay. He maintains a laser focus inside the ring, that is incomparable to his opponents, and is completely dedicated to his fighting career and doesn't let anything stand in the way of him coming home with the win. He is the type of guy that isn't afraid to go after what he wants, so, when he meets the gym's new bookkeeper he immediately knows he wants her, and doesn't hesitate to make that fact known to her, she however, wants nothing to do with him. He sees that as a challenge, and decides that he will stop at nothing to change her mind, even if it means just being her friend. She does something to him that he has never experienced with another woman, which only feeds his desire to want more from her... he just has to convince her that he's worth the risk! As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew it was going to be good, and I am happy to report that my instincts were correct, it actually exceeded my expectations!! The chemistry between these two was electric, each encounter they shared was fueled with power and intensity, and several of those times I swear I could literally feels the sparks between them jumping off the pages!! The story line was inventive, engaging, thought provoking, and packed with so much raw emotion that it took my breath away! Definitely one of those reads that will tap into your emotions, have you feeling the intensity of every word typed on the page, and guaranteed to linger with you long after the last page is turned!! Highly recommend you give this read a try, it is sure to take you on one truly exceptional literary escape, and have you looking at fighters in a whole new light!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous book! I stayed up late last night, until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then woke early this morning to finish this book! I have over a 1400 books in my library and this is one of my top 10! What a beautiful, heartfelt, moving story! Highly, highly recommend! To this new author... "BRAVO!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, the love and sacrifice for family.
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TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★ Two broken souls, one from an abusive stepfather and the other from a drunken neglectful parent! Both are exposed to untold horrors as children and feelings of unworthiness dominate their lives until they meet one another. This is the story that the gifted and brilliant writer R. J. Prescott brings to life in her novel, The Hurricane. It is amazing the emotions that she creates within the pages of this book. Emily and Cormac’s story is one, that once read will haunt you with its complicated storyline and emotional finale. Emily had escaped with her life and started a new life, with a new identity. She kept her head down and avoided all emotional contact with others. Working as a waitress and going to school left little time to interact with others. Her theory was that if no one noticed her, her stepfather would have a difficult time locating her. When she met Cormac O’Connell something shifted in her soul and refused to hide any more. But what if her stepfather found her, what would he do to Cormac? There was no sunshine in his life until Emily walked into it. She was the reason he pulled himself up and moved forward with his life. Nightmares have a way of returning when least expected. Em and Con are strongest together and only time will tell if they can overcome their past and find their future together. Cannot wait to see where the second book will take our couple!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. What a great couple. Perfect for each other. Cant wait for Aftermath. I hope that slimeball gets what he deserves!
Snowreader More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. Each person is dealing with a heartbreaking past. You will laugh and cry along with these characters. I can't wait to see the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book!